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A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami’s international reputation.

It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company’s advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.

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    Classic Murakami, through and through.

    While this is supposed to be the third book of The Trilogy of the Rat (the first two books have never been translated into English), it stands alone as a great book. Some writers' earlier works are a bit shaky, however, A Wild Sheep Chase shows that Murakami is not one of these writers. A Wild Sheep Chase combines all things good about Murakami: weird and fantastical storyline that keeps you guessing, and a quiet, yet powerful writing style that is as intense as the plotting is engaging. Excellent for those new to Murakami, and even for those familiar with Murakami but haven't read this book yet. One additional suggestion: read this before "Dance, Dance, Dance" (a follow-up to The Trilogy of the Rat) and then read "Dance, Dance Dance".


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